Join us at St. Stephen and the Incarnation, 16 Newton St, NW, Washington, DC
In the year 1945 an “ORIGINAL CHILD” was born
64 years later, let us
Remember the Pain
Repent the Sin
Reclaim the Future
in a Faith and Resistance Retreat
We’ll gather August 5, 2009, for dinner
and continue through the morning of August 9, 2009
entering together into a praxis of reflection and action.
We’ll give special attention during this retreat to two films.
Original Child Bomb A documentary based on Thomas Merton’s book by the same title. Merton described the book as “Points for meditation to be scratched ont eh walls of a cave”–presumably the cave in which survivors of atomic war would have to live. Merton’s points are loaded with ironic understatement; they will be a source for our meditation and prayer together.
On Paper Wings A documentary about Japan’s secret balloon bomb project. It exposes the balloon bombs’ history and the lives it impacted. The film tells the stories of three communities touched by the project. The bombs were intended to strike mainland US , and though the Japanese launched thousands of them, they had no idea whether the project was effective. Meanwhile, the US military censored reports of the mysterious explosions; families were required to not speak about their origin. The film is a moving presentation of forgiveness and reconciliation.
We also hope to feature a speaker from the Center for Defense Information who will help to intensify grassroots participation in the Year Long Preparation for the 40th anniversary of the Nuclear nonproliferation Treaty and its implementation.
We will plan, enact and evaluate acts of peace witness and resistance together. We sincerely hope that you can make time in these days to join sisters and brothers in saying:
No More Hiroshimas!
No More Nagasakis!
No More War–War Never Again
Abolish Weapons of Mass Destruction Forever
Please let us know if you can be with us…You can phone, e-mail or write
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, (202) 882-9648 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jonah House, (410) 233-6238 or email@example.com